Blending jazz and rock doesn't always go smoothly, but singer John Martyn manages to get the job done easily on No Little Boy.
Martyn has now got one of the strongest back catalogues extant, but this overhaul does it no good service.
'This album could, quite safely, be considered 'The Best Of John Martyn',' goes the record company's press release.
- SUNDAY'S CHILD
JOHN & BEVERLEY MARTYN
- ROAD TO RUIN
ONE of the great unsung heroes (although two decades of own-furrow albums suggests somebody somewhere loves you), John Martyn on a good day could interweave the ghostly flair of an Alex Chilton, the abstract grace of Talk Talk, and the ventricles and auricles of Al Green's soul.
BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
WINDSONG WINCD 012
JOHN MARTYN: 'BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert" (Windsong WINCD 012) (76.51)
JOHN MARTYN: 'Live At Leeds' (Awareness AWCD 1036) (49.19)
Most of the acoustic singer-songwriters who emerged on the British rock scene of the late Sixties have moved gently into the folk camp. Not so John Martyn, who has built a loyal cult reputation for almost 25 years of recordings which range from traditional folk material to jazz-rock and dub experiments in sound.
ROBIN TROWER: BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
JOHN MARTYN: BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (Both Windsong)
DAVID QUANTICK darns a sock in time to the latest re-re-/ hee hee releases...
GETTING TO be an apt name, Windsong. Trower was the guitarist in Procol Harum - BRING A THOUSAND SLEEPING BAGS! - and went on to be popular among students in the mid '70s for his guitar playing expertise - MAKE THAT A MILLION SLEEPING BAGS! His music was as stupefying live as it was on record.
If you're a fan of John Martyn, then you'll be glad to hear that on the evidence of this latest offering, your man's in fine fettle.